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Jo Westermark and her partner offers these fantastic and adventurous horse riding safaris in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro & the migration of the wildebeest in the Serenget using mobile tents in game rich Northern Tanzania

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Horse Riding Holidays Tanzania – Serengeti Migration Safari

 

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Serengeti Migration Safari: Prices 2024

Suitable for intermediate plus riders.

  • 8 nights – $8,641
    • GBP: 6,770
    • EUR: 7,954
    per person sharing
  • Single Supplement – $568
    • GBP: 445
    • EUR: 523
    (if willing to share and sharer is found, no supplement applies)

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

Included Accommodation (shared) full board, drinks, internal flight transfers, transfers to and from Kilimanjaro international airport at set times, a qualified guide, flying doctor membership, local taxes and wildlife fees.

Excluded – International flights, gratuities, visas, medical and travel insurance, drinks at the Polo Club, lunch on the 1st and last days.

Serengeti Migration Safari: Dates 2024

20 – 28 January
3 – 11 February
13 – 21 February
24 February – 3 March
9 – 17 March
20 – 28 March

Getting There
International flight to Kilimanjaro airport.

Transfer
We meet and transfer you to your lodge on the first day at a set time.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Have you ever watched a David Attenborough documentary and dreamed you could be right there, exploring the Serengeti and witnessing the wildebeest migration?
We have the ultimate experience with you in mind! Book yourself on the Serengeti Migration Safari (only 6 dates available per year) and you will have the opportunity to ride alongside wildebeest, giraffe, zebra & perhaps encounter the odd hyena or jackal. Ride across the Serengeti’s famous “short grass plains”, rocky outcrops known as “Kopjes” and navigate river courses.
The route and arrangements will vary each day with your experienced guides taking into account weather conditions and migration movement, ensuring their guests have the best advantages and without a strict itinerary ensures the feeling of a true adventure. It is important to note that the female wildebeest will only birth once the rains and grass arrive in an effort to give their newborns the best start and a chance to gain strength on the lush new grass before their long march north to Kanya’s Mara plains.
Like Zara’s Planet, the Sergengeti Migration Safari is female owned and run by the fantastic, Jo Westermarck and we feel privileged to offer this unique experience to our clients. Jo is highly regarded as one of the top guides in the industry and backed up by her experienced team who help take care of their guests and horses. Jo set up her safaris 10 years ago after falling in love with Tanzania and her goal is to give guests the most memorable experience without interfering with nature, wildlife or the local tribes way of life.
Spend you first night in a comfortable lodge at Jo’s base which is situated in an area called Kilo Bravo, just on the outskirts of Arusha, at an altitude of 1400m above sea level. This offers an excellent climate for riding. From the stables there is an incredible view of Mount Meru and on a clear day, Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen emerging from the skyline. The next 7 nights will be spent in mobile camps. and the horses are trucked from here to the required location, they will already be in situ, and you will meet them by way of small charter flight. What is unique about Jo’s safaris is she truly with her team scouts out the best places to see game and overnight on the fly and then camp is set up there. If you need to get further into the bush to get closer to some action, then she’ll organise to set up a very basic fly camp.

THE RIDING top

Horses – The horses are a mix of local breeds and thoroughbreds. They are well trained and used to the big game, fit and perfect for the job. Size wise they range from 15-16hh.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate plus riders, some walking tracking and viewing game but plenty fast cantering too depending on terrain.

Tack – Mostly snaffles bridles and African stock saddles.

Weight Restriction – 90kg / 200lbs / 14 stone.

Group Size – Minimum 2 to a maximum of 12.

ACCOMMODATION top

First night you will stay in the lodge at the stables or while on mobile safari you will stay in very comfortable canvas tents.

The villa has en suite double and twin rooms and there is a small swimming pool. One of the camps is semi-permanent and the KD tents each with its own en suite bathroom and toilet. Meals will be provided in a large dining tent.

The food is of great standard, with professionally trained chefs, you won’t go hungry, and you’ll be amazing at what they can produce.  The team create delicious dishes with a mix of local and international cuisine, based around wholesome good cooking.
Breakfast is a traditional cowboy style meal, accompanied by fresh juice and exotic local fruits. Lunch is eaten outside at a scenic location in the wilderness, such as under a shady tree – it will either be carried by the support vehicle or in saddle bags but there is always plenty and it’s deliciously fresh. Dinner is a three-course meal and is always served with freshly baked bread, salad and herbs along with tasty wine or tipple of your choice.

Drinks are locally sourced, and a good variety is provided

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Day 1
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met and transferred around 30 minutes to the lodge for the first night, a comfortable lodge situated beautifully on a golf, polo and wildlife estate. Meet up with the rest of the group, followed by sundowner and dinner. If there is a polo game on, sundowner will be at the polo club house.

Day 2
An early start to catch a morning charter flight to Ndutu airstrip in the southern Serengeti. After the flight, depending on where you fly in, anything between 2-4 hours drive, depending on routing (you may be flown over the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park, a wonderful opportunity to see these iconic sites from the air), you will be met by a safari vehicle at Ndutu. A short wait whilst you are checked-in at the Ngorongoro Conservation area registration post, then set off driving, past impressive rocky outcrops known as “kopjes , river courses and across the Serengeti’s famous ‘short grass plains’. Prime grazing area for migrating wildebeest during the early months of the year, with luck (always dependant on the weather!) the plains may be thick with wildebeest which arrive in their thousands after the rains to make the most of the fresh grass. The plains are also the wildebeests’ favoured birthing spot – it is one of nature’s miracles that females delay giving birth until the rains and grass arrive in an effort to ensure their newly born young get the best start in life, a chance to build their strength on lush new grass before setting off on the long march north to Kenya’s Mara plains. About 2- 4 hours in all, you eventually arrive at the spot chosen for the first camp in the shade of a lovely flat topped acacia. Meet the team of support staff, settle into your tents and a welcome lunch in the shade of the mess tent. Then, a short siesta, before meeting the horses and their grooms, and time allowing, an evening ride to try them. Return to camp at sun set for hot showers, drinks by the campfire and your first dinner together in the bush, before tomorrow when the adventure really starts!

Day 3
Woken at about 7am with tea or coffee brought to your tent, then breakfast in the mess tent before heading to the horses to mount up at around 8am. Depending on the weather and movement of game, you might ride out for a long morning today returning to camp for lunch and another ride or a game drive in the late afternoon – or you might head out for a full day ride, meeting the back-up team for lunch out in the bush. Either way you should have a good chance of seeing the gathering herds of wildebeest for which the area is famous, as well as giraffe browsing in the acacia scrub, zebra and perhaps predators such as hyena and jackal. Dinner and night in camp.

Day 4 – 7
Four more days to explore, riding across the open plains, into grassy valleys dotted with picturesque granite outcrops, swathes of whistling thorn and typically East African flat toped acacia trees. The route and arrangements each day will vary with the weather and movement of game but your guide will aim to ride to at least one or two more camps so you can discover new areas. On one of the afternoons or mornings the horses will be given a rest and you jump into the vehicles to visit Olduvai Museum, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. The museum includes fossils and artifacts of our human ancestors and skeletons of many extinct animals who shared their world. Throughout the safari we will most definitely cross this gorge ‘Cradle of human kind” on one or more occasions on horseback. Following day another early start with tea or coffee served at your tent, ride out for 3-4 hours of riding, meet the back-up crew for an al- fresco lunch in the bush and time to rest in the heat of the day, before heading off again, aiming to reach the new camp by tea time. Set up ahead by the back-up, tonight’s camp might be spectacularly situated in the middle of the vast open plains, where, at peak migration time, the air will be filled with the braying and mesmerizing grunts of wildebeest. A cup of tea or a cold beer when you arrive in camp, followed by hot showers & dinner, listening to the sounds of the bush.

Day 8
At one point during the safari (weather allowing) you will spend the night in a lightweight fly camp, sleeping under mosquito nets. This morning you jump into the vehicles (there will be a game drive with a picnic lunch on route, crossing the short grass plains and looking out for cats such as cheetah, lion and leopard which thrive here, as well as elephant and the flamingo which gather on the area’s soda lakes. Later in the afternoon you will reach the fly camp in time for sundowners followed by dinner under the stars.

Day 9
An early wake-up call to say farewell to the horses and crew. The drive this morning will be up the Ngorongoro highlands and breakfast will be on route overlooking the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. After checking out at the gate you head to the African galleria, a great place to buy anything from arts, tanzanite or just a small Tanzanian gift. Shortly after you head to the Manyara Airstrip followed by a 40 minutes flight back to the estate where lunch will be served. There will be showers available to share however if you like your own dayroom please let us know and we will book this in advanced. Thereafter vehicle transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for onward flights. (B, L)

The adventure has come to its end and reality is waiting around the corner. Safari ends…for this time

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